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WhatsApp ‘Change Your Profile Pic’ Hacker Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

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According to a “warning” message that circulates via WhatsApp and social media websites,  hackers are using WhatsApp profile pictures to create nude images of users.

The message, which purports to be direct from the CEO of WhatsApp, claims that you should change your profile image as soon as possible to thwart the supposed hackers. It instructs you to avoid making your own profile pic for at least 20 to 25 days so that WhatsApp’s engineers will have time to deal with the problem.

The claims in the message are utter nonsense and should not be taken seriously. The supposed warning was not sent by the WhatsApp CEO. There are no credible reports about a WhatsApp related security threat like the one described.

A screenshot of the circulating message:

WhatsApp Profile Pic Hacker Hoax


The people who are having their own profile pic on whatsapp plz change it as soon as possible because some hackers on whatsapp are having the numbers of whatsapp users and they are using it too make nude pictures.This message is from CEO of whatsApp. Don’t make your own profile picture for atleast 20-25 days as our engineers are trying to safe you/us all…Forward as much as possible if u care for ur frnz…& Specially for girls

The hoax message is apparently a garbled version of an earlier WhatsApp hoax that claimed that hackers from terrorist group ISIS were trying to capture profile pictures so that they could “use ur number in a wrong way”.  As with the later version, the claims in the message are simply nonsense.

An example of the ISIS version:

If you have put your own pic in ur display picture,  then please remove it immediately. Because ISIS is trying to capture it and they have hackers who will use ur number in a wrong way. Those people are going to misuse your photo. Whatsapp  CEO has requested all people to remove personal pics for the next 20-25 days. Whatsapp engineers are trying their best to keep ur app safe. Please co-operate. Please forward to your near and dear ones.

If you receive one of these silly hoax warnings, do not help it spread further by sharing it. Instead, let the person who sent it know that the message is a hoax that should be deleted.

This hoax is just one in a series of absurd WhatsApp hoaxes that have circulated in recent years. –

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